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    Urban Voodoo and Santeria... Blood Sacrifice by Theresa Cecilia Newbill Yellow flowers charge with the sweet edge of dark skin over white hands casting shadows
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 3, 2008
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      Urban Voodoo and Santeria...

      Blood Sacrifice by Theresa Cecilia Newbill

      Yellow flowers charge with the sweet
      edge of dark skin over white
      hands casting shadows in sacred
      transmissions to the beat of the thrums
      on distant drums.

      A nighthawk spans the skies and is melted
      down to earth free of feathers and scales;
      lungs and gills offered up as sacrifice
      with warm blood. Iba Orisa iba la de o,
      ase mojuba.

      Cold rain crystallizes their breath
      as they chant and shriek the incantations
      of the loa from an ancient book
      of sea folded paper once buried in a twist
      of salted foam and wet sand.

      The botanica in Washington Heights
      holds the bare feet of the faithful
      on humid linoleum, while over the city
      a purple fog hangs rippled with the breaking
      of intermittent sunlight.
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